Archive for June 20th, 2019

June 20 Energy News

June 20, 2019


¶ “The 10-GW Solar Vision That Could Turn Northern Territory Into Economic Powerhouse” • Australia’s Northern Territory has a multi-billion dollar opportunity to invest heavily in renewable energy, create a new industry exporting hydrogen, and produce thousands of jobs, rather than following the controversial path of fracking vast reserves of gas. [RenewEconomy]

Uluru or Ayers Rock (Ekistica image)

¶ “Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open” • President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry. The EPA released the final version of its Affordable Clean Energy rule. It’s supported by the coal industry, but it is not clear that it will be enough to stop coal-fired power plants from closing. [NPR]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting Twice As Fast As Last Century” • Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a study revealed. Spanning 2,000 kilometers and harboring some 600 billion tons of ice, Himalayan glaciers supply around 800 million people with water for irrigation, hydropower and drinking. [CNN]

Himalayan mountain (Neville Gillett)

¶ “Tesla At Least 4 To 5 Years Ahead Of Competition, According To German Auto Industry Expert” • In a review of the Tesla Model 3, Die Welt, a German newspaper, quotes auto industry expert Prof Ferdinand Dudenhöffer as saying, “The technical lead is easily four to five years. Range and driving pleasure are unmatched.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India’s Sixth Biggest City Is Almost Entirely Out Of Water” • The floor of the Chembarambakkam reservoir is cracked open, dry and sun-baked. About 25 km (15.5 miles) away, in Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, millions of people are running out of water. All four of the reservoirs that are used to supplied Chennai are nearly dry. [CNN]

Reservoir measuring tower (Arun Sankar | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “India Issues 1 GW Solar Tender With Domestic Content Restrictions” • India’s largest power generation company, the government-owned NTPC Limited, issued a tender for 1 GW of solar PV capacity. Project developers are required to use only Indian-made solar cells and modules for the projects but may choose siting for the projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Xpeng Motors Rolls Off 10,000 Units Of Its Smart G3 EV” • Xpeng Motors continues its steady progress by completing another production milestone. It made the 10,000th unit of its G3 smart EV, just 188 days into its official launch, clenching the title of most EV sales from a new EV manufacturer/startup in China. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng Motors – 10,000th car

¶ “Australia’s Biggest Manganese Metals Project May Go 90% Renewables” • The developers of what is expected to be Australia’s biggest manganese metals project are looking to source up to 90% renewables for the electricity supply of its operations. They believe it could achieve price parity with Chinese suppliers if it does. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Brussels Approves Italian Renewable Initiative” • A €5.4-billion Italian renewable energy initiative is permissible under the EU’s rules on state subsidies, the European Commission has ruled. Italy’s proposed aid scheme is set to run until 2021 and will extend financial support to renewable sources, including wind, solar and hydropower. [Energy Reporters]

The Dolomites (Wikipedia)

¶ “Norway Just Triggered An Offshore Wind Energy Boom” • Norway proposes to open two new areas in the North Sea with the potential to hold installed capacity of 3.5 GW of offshore windpower. Western Europe’s largest oil producer aims to use its offshore oil and gas expertise to boost the wind power exports of Norwegian companies. []


¶ “EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Plan Limiting Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions” • The EPA said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. The change is one that the agency itself says could result in 1,400 more premature deaths each year by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace. [CNN]

Coal-fired power plant (George Frey | Getty Images)

¶ “Maine On The Cusp Of A Clean Energy Future” • The list of states committing to power themselves with 100% clean energy could soon include the Pine Tree State. In a bipartisan vote, the Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2050. [Environment America]

¶ “Trump UN Pick Kelly Craft Breaks With White House On Climate Change” • President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the UN differs with him on climate change, saying it “poses real risks.” At her confirmation hearing, Kelly Craft told lawmakers she would “be an advocate for all countries to do their part in addressing climate change.” [BBC]


Kelly Craft (US Embassy Canada)

¶ “After Pilgrim Shutdown, New England Progresses On Renewable Electricity” • With Entergy pulling the plug on the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the New England region loses a significant electricity supplier. But several projects are to come online in coming years to offset Pilgrim’s closure. [West Hartford News]

¶ “Pennsylvania Governor Wants To Tie Nuclear Bailout To Joining RGGI” • Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked Republican lawmakers to authorize the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as part of a nuclear bailout deal, according to reports from local media and analysts. The governor’s office did not comment. []

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